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Featured Alumni


February 2007

Tanya Kiskanyan, MBA '96 Tanya Kiskanyan, MBA '96, was recently promoted to managing director in the securities division of Bank of America. She is head of business development for global markets sales, where she is responsible for on-boarding and integrating the firm's institutional clients, including hedge funds, asset managers and other financial institutions, onto the global platform. In this role, she created a team and a system that enabled the trading business to centralize, standardize, and prioritize credit and documentation requests efficiently and to expand client relationship management capabilities across products.

Ms. Kiskanyan joined Bank of America in 2004 as head of business development for prime brokerage. She has been in her current position in global markets since 2005. Before joining the bank, Ms. Kiskanyan was head of product development for ICAP, the world's largest voice and electronic interdealer broker. Prior to that, she was a derivatives trader at Salomon Brothers.

Ms. Kiskanyan graduated with an MBA ('96) from the Johnson School at Cornell University. She also holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University. She met her husband Paul Ezekiel, MBA '95, at the Johnson School. They were married in 2003 and live in New York City. Paul runs the Carbon Emissions Trading Business at Credit Suisse.

Pierre Devaux, MBA '02 Pierre Devaux, MBA '02, from the Accelerated MBA program (formerly the Twelve-Month Option), recently became president of the Johnson School Club of the Bay Area. Devaux had been serving on the club's steering committee for the past two years as the membership lead, and was responsible for increasing club membership and improving the Johnson School's database of Bay Area alumni. Since Devaux became President, he has demonstrated his commitment and enthusiasm for this position and desire to connect fellow alumni in a region with one of the largest concentrations of Johnson School alumni.

Devaux is currently the western region manager for Education at SolidWorks Corp. SolidWorks is a $300-million computer aided design and engineering software company based in Boston, and an active proponent of reforms for the current state of engineering and vocational/technical education. Devaux is responsible for both building a new sales and distribution channel for the education market, and for serving as an advocate for improved science and technology education at the K-12 and higher-education levels. He also serves on the Design Advisory Network at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Pierre holds both BS and MS degrees in computer and electrical engineering.

Barbara Sullivan MBA '00 Barbara Sullivan MBA '00, is the special assistant to the chief operating officer of the Boston Public Schools. Sullivan works closely with the senior leadership of the district to improve its operations. Recent projects include streamlining the student-assignment system and initiating a district-wide strategic-planning process. After two and a half years with Bain & Company in Boston, Sullivan decided to transition to public education, after being part of a pro-bono project team that helped design and implement small learning communities in several Boston high schools. This experience made her realize that a career in public education was the best way to combine her education, experience, intellectual interests, and philosophical priorities.

Once she decided to make the leap to urban education, Sullivan contacted the Broad Foundation. "Broad was the obvious choice to ease my transition to public education. The Broad Residency is a unique two-year management training program for executives seeking to become leaders in education reform. The training and close relationships I built with colleagues in districts across the country are invaluable."

Her experience to date has solidified Sullivan's passion for improving urban education.

"There are so few people with private-sector experience in the district, which makes the perspective of the Broad Residents particularly valuable. It is very satisfying to know that the work I do every day is designed to positively impact students in the class room by improving how the district provides these services."